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Frozen Synapse enters final testing as we finally unveil the single player campaign. Read this to find out all about it and get 30% off the pre-order...
Posted by Mode7Games on May 4th, 2011
[Quick note - if you're here for the 30% off coupon, it's STANCHER and you can use it here - Frozensynapse.com]
Single player is finally here...
The campaign takes place in the near-future city of Markov Geist. Various factions share power here: the domineering Enyo:Nomad corporation and cult-like Blue Sunlight Foundation, among others.
The player takes on the role of a Tactician manipulating the forces of a small splinter organisation.
There are 55 missions, almost all of which are semi-randomly-generated: they retain the same objectives and some geometry remains the same, but each time you play them there will be differences:
That's quite a subtle example: some levels are more random than others! This means that replayability is always much higher than in other games: if you fail a mission and need to restart, you won't just be slogging through the same corridor.
What if you particularly like a certain iteration of a mission and want to replay it? Frozen Synapse saves all of these so you can just select them from a menu and try and beat your score.
The scope of single player is different from multiplayer: there are friendly factions who try to support your efforts, civilians who...get in the way, and an entire cast of characters who respond dynamically to your actions in levels.
You will be familiar with Belacqua's demeanour if you've played the current beta tutorial: he'll helpfully inform you when you haven't quite met his expectations.
Shand is one of the antagonists of the piece. He certainly has an antagonist's nose. I think he looks a bit like Charlie Brooker, though this is completely unintentional. I'll stop talking about the characters now before we get sued.
We've applied tactical gameplay to a variety of narrative situations...
You'll find yourself doing everything from robbing banks to protecting doubting philosophers, assassinating security chiefs, breaking in to secret military compounds, securing a library and many other FUN SCENARIOS.
Believe it or not, we actually listen to you people. When someone suggested laser tripwires, we were all like, "THIS FEATURE WILL BE ADDED IN A FUTURE BUILD". But we actually meant it this time!
We really hope you like single player - it has been a challenge taking a tactical game of this nature and applying it to a single player narrative...but we have done it! For you!
For those players who are really into the backstory, there is a dossier which displays information about the world as well as snippets of captured documents...
The full soundtrack is now in the game. We're very proud of it - take a listen...
If you like the sound of this, you can get 30% off the Frozen Synapse pre-order for a limited time only using the coupon STANCHER. Just go here to pre-order. You can get the soundtrack there as well.
Already a Customer?
I know that loads of you out there reading this have pre-ordered already - thank you so much! If you could update your beta to the current version and play the campaign, it would be a massive help.
Please report any bugs you find in the Bugs section of the forums. This will really help us get the game polished up and ready for release.